Louann Brinzendine

LOUANN BRIZENDINE, M.D. Director, Women’s Mood & Hormone Clinic Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry see “The Female Brain” Louann Brizendine, M.D.. graduated from UC, Berkeley in Neurobiology, Yale University in Medicine and Harvard Medical School in Psychiatry.

She served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School from 1985-88 when she came to join the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. At UCSF, Dr. Brizendine pursues active clinical, teaching, writing and research activities. In 1994, Dr. Brizendine founded the UCSF Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic at LPPI, and continues to serve as it’s director.

The Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic is a unique psychiatric clinic designed to assess and treat women of all ages experiencing disruption of mood, energy, anxiety, sexual function and well-being due to hormonal influences on the brain.

In addition Dr. Brizendine instructs and supervises residents, fellows, and medical students in this Clinic throughout the year helping young doctors learn more about this important area in women’s mental, sexual and physicalhealth. She annually teaches courses to medical students and residents addressing the topics of the brain effects of hormones, mood disorders, anxiety problems and sexual interest changes due to hormones throughout the country.

She is an expert on the effects of testosterone on sex drive in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Dr. Brizendine has taken her interest in hormonal and health iissues for girls and women into the public forum by lecturing, writing and consulting on the topics of development of the female brain, the teen girl brain, hormones, mood, memory and sexual function.

In fall 2006, Dr. Brizendine will expand the clinic to include teens for girls with mood, anxiety, eating, concentration or depression related to hormones of the menstrual cycle.

How the changes in hormone levels effect the brain – and in particular – how hormones influence mood, irritability, anxiety, depresion, self-esteem, thinking, sleep, memory, and energy, are Dr. Brizendine’s main research interests.

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